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Notice No. SLPB-001-20 — Policy and Licensing Framework for Spectrum in the 3500 MHz Band

The intent of this notice is to announce the release of the document entitled SLPB-001-20, Policy and Licensing Framework for Spectrum in the 3500 MHz Band (the Framework), which sets out Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada’s (ISED) decisions with respect to the auction process for licences in the 3500 MHz band. In particular, the Framework announces the decisions related to the licensing process, auction format and rules, and the conditions of licence applicable to the 3500 MHz band.

This Framework is the result of the consultation process initiated through Canada Gazette notice SLPB‑002‑19, Consultation on a Policy and Licensing Framework for Spectrum in the 3500 MHz Band.

Clarification questions

ISED will accept written questions seeking clarification of the rules and policies set out in this Framework until the deadline specified in the Table of Key Dates. Every effort will be made to post the questions received, along with ISED’s written responses, in the shortest time frame possible. Questions that are of a similar nature and subject matter may be grouped and summarized. Questions regarding bidding procedures will be addressed in mail-out packages intended for qualified bidders, and will not be included in this clarification process unless they are deemed to be critical information for potential bidders requiring an immediate response. These answers will be considered as clarification of the policies set out in this Framework. Applicants are encouraged to submit questions as soon as possible.

ISED may also amend or supplement the auction rules and procedures contained in this Framework. Any such amendment or supplement will be published on ISED’s website and will be sent to all qualified bidders.

Questions regarding the 3500 MHz auction may be sent to the Manager, Auction Operations, by email.

All questions should cite the Canada Gazette, Part I, the publication date, the title and the notice reference number (SLPB-001-20). Questions and responses will be posted on ISED’s Spectrum Management and Telecommunications website.

Obtaining copies

Copies of this notice and of documents referred to herein are available electronically on ISED’s Spectrum Management and Telecommunications website.

Official versions of notices can be viewed on the Canada Gazette website.

March 5, 2020


Senior Director
Spectrum Licensing and Auction Operations
Spectrum Licensing Policy Branch

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